LAGO DI GARDA
Garda Lake is the most popular and largest of the lakes in northern Italy, borders three regions: Trentino to the north, Lombardia to the west and south, and Veneto to the south and east. The numerous sporting facilities, country-style resorts, and splendid scenery of snow-capped mountains help make the lake a favorite summer playground. Hydrofoils, catamarans, and steamers that use the lake offer glimpses of villas and gardens that cannot be seen from the coastal road.
With its temperate and mild climate Garda Lake has much in common with the southern regions of Italy. These features have contributed to flourishing civilizations, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic, and from the Bronze Age to the first settlements of the Gauls, until it became a Roman cartel.
Between the most typical and nice villages are:
Malcesine with its imposing medieval castle. A cable car climbs to the summit of Monte Baldo, offering spectacular views.
Peschiera with its attractive harbour and fortress built by the Austrians in the 1860s during the Italian Wars of Independence.
Sirmione features a fascinating medieval castle, the Rocca Scaligera, dominates the town of Sirmione. At the tip of the peninsula lie Roman ruins.
Salò where Mussolini in 1943 established the Republic of Salò. The cathedral in this elegant and attractive town of pastel-painted houses contains an altarpiece by Veneziano.
Gardone Riviera famous for the Villa il Vittoriale, the Art Deco home of the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, which is filled with curiosities.